|Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)
Jesus & the New Covenant (Part 1)
|February 8, 2015|
February 8, 2015
This Week’s Take Home Truth (Passage Summary): “The Old Covenant was only a shadow of the heavenly temple and was unable to redeem mankind, whereas the New Covenant is based on the heavenly temple and is able to accomplish inward redemption.”
NOTE: We will use this same Passage Summary statement for the next four weeks as we teach this mini-series, Jesus & the New Covenant.
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
Big Picture Review
As we continue our journey through the Epistle to the Hebrews, let’s review the thrust of the letter so far. From his opening statement, the writer to the Hebrews is making a systematic argument supporting his thesis that Jesus is Better / Superior to the Old System. Here is an overview of where we have travelled thus far:
Jesus is Better / Superior:
- To Angels–1:4-2:18
- To Moses–3:1-6
- To Aaron–4:14-10:18
- A Better Position–4:14-16
- A Better Priest–5:1-7:28
- A Better Covenant–8:1-13
- A Better Sanctuary–9:1-10
- A Better Sacrifice–9:11-10:18
In this week’s lesson, as you can see above, we will examine why Jesus the high priest of a better covenant
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- How would you respond if a politician started arguing that we need to eliminate the US Constitution?
Read the Text (Hebrews 8:1-13)
Following the author of Hebrews’ extraordinary tour de force concerning the glorious high priesthood of our Messiah and the encouragement it must have stimulated among his struggling community of readers, he opens this next section with the spectacular literary cheer, “We have such a high priest!” Although chapter 8 contains a mere thirteen verses, each is highly concentrated for maximum theological impact. Read Hebrews 8:1-13.
- Based on your sermon notes or resources you can find on the Internet, how would you define what a Covenant is in the Bible?
- What conclusions should we draw from the writer’s introduction to Hebrews 8: “Now the point in what we are saying is this.”
- According to Hebrews 8:3-9, why is the New Covenant better than the Old Covenant?
- What details can you learn about the New Covenant from the remaining verses of Hebrews 8?
Hebrews 8:10a–“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts.”
Hebrews 8:10b–“and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Hebrews 8:11–“And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.”
Hebrews 8:12–“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:13–“In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”
- As you compare your old life before Christ and your new life after Christ, what contrasts do you find?
- Based upon the assurances of Hebrews 8, how can you be certain you are a part of the New Covenant?
- If you have any concerns about your salvation, don’t hesitate to visit with your Lighthouse Leader or one of our elders. Our elders are available after each of our services.